Head of Merchant Engineering - Afterpay

  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Full-time

Company Description

Afterpay is transforming the way we pay by allowing customers to receive products immediately and pay for their purchases over four installments, always interest-free. The service is completely free for customers who pay on time  - helping people spend responsibly without incurring interest, fees or extended debt!

Afterpay is offered by more than 55,000 of the world’s best retailers and has more than 10 million active customers globally. In the U.S. more than 5 million customers use Afterpay and is offered by more than 15,000 of the top fashion and beauty retailers across many countries..  We are currently available in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom where the brand is called Clearpay. 

Afterpay is on a mission to power an economy in which everyone wins.

Job Description

Afterpay is looking for an engineering leader to drive our Merchant APIs, products and integrations. This platform is the core engine that orchestrates billions of dollars/year between Afterpay, our merchants and our consumers. It sits at the intersection of omnichannel retail payments, risk management, and user data. 

This role requires expertise in building out mission-critical systems at scale that can evolve quickly with our rapidly growing business.  Additionally, we are looking for leaders with a proven record of building world-class engineering teams that focus on scalability, flexibility, and most importantly resilience and anti-fragility.   

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to lead the core foundational area that powers one of the world’s largest payment networks and make a direct, tangible impact on Afterpay’s growth and success.

Key Responsibilities

  • Define and lead the technical roadmap for our Merchant engineering teams
  • Architect and own large-scale and complex systems that facilitate consumer orders from our merchants
  • Ensure our platform and infrastructure is scalable, reliable and extensible for both internal and external users
  • Build and lead engineering teams on multiple continent
  • Mentor and develop senior engineering talent
  • Working closely with our cross-functional teams consisting of designers, product managers, and QA in an agile, fast-paced environment


  • 10+ years of Engineering leadership experience
  • Experience architecting and executing large-scale, performant systems that are critical to the business
  • Skilled at working to build alignment, drive decision making, and communicate transparently
  • Able to marry long-term thinking with short-term action
  • Execution mindset and the ability to deliver with cross-functional teams that are globally distributed
  • Led multiple teams and managers within a high-growth organization
  • Delivered products used by millions of people
  • Experience building and maintaining a culture of technical excellence, meritocracy, and accountability across large teams
  • Experience leading organizations across multiple time zones and countries

Additional Information

We’re working to build a more inclusive economy where our customers have equal access to opportunity, and we strive to live by these same values in building our workplace. Block is a proud equal opportunity employer. We work hard to evaluate all employees and job applicants consistently, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, or any other legally protected class. 

We believe in being fair, and are committed to an inclusive interview experience, including providing reasonable accommodations to disabled applicants throughout the recruitment process. We encourage applicants to share any needed accommodations with their recruiter, who will treat these requests as confidentially as possible. Want to learn more about what we’re doing to build a workplace that is fair and square? Check out our I+D page

Additionally, we consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment on our team, and always assess candidates on an individualized basis.


We want you to be well and thrive. Our global benefits package includes:

  • Healthcare coverage
  • Retirement Plans
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Wellness perks
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid time off
  • Learning and Development resources

Block, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) is a global technology company with a focus on financial services. Made up of Square, Cash App, Spiral, TIDAL, and TBD, we build tools to help more people access the economy. Square helps sellers run and grow their businesses with its integrated ecosystem of commerce solutions, business software, and banking services. With Cash App, anyone can easily send, spend, or invest their money in stocks or Bitcoin. Spiral (formerly Square Crypto) builds and funds free, open-source Bitcoin projects. Artists use TIDAL to help them succeed as entrepreneurs and connect more deeply with fans. TBD is building an open developer platform to make it easier to access Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies without having to go through an institution.

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